Period
to 18 July 2018

The following table provides summary statistics for permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for Exploratory Testing skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the salaries offered in vacancies that have cited Exploratory Testing over the 6 months to 18 July 2018 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Exploratory Testing
UK > England
6 months to
18 Jul 2018
Same period 2017 Same period 2016
Rank 758 734 803
Rank change year-on-year -24 +69 +174
Permanent jobs citing Exploratory Testing 419 448 494
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 0.26% 0.27% 0.26%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 0.28% 0.30% 0.29%
Number of salaries quoted 340 385 353
England median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
Median salary % change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -8.05%
10th Percentile £28,475 £29,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £66,375 £70,000 £63,750
UK median annual salary £45,000 £42,500 £40,000
% change year-on-year +5.88% +6.25% -8.05%

Exploratory Testing is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all permanent job vacancies advertised in England with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
England
Permanent vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 147,882 151,544 172,380
As % of all permanent IT jobs advertised in England 90.67% 90.70% 90.03%
Number of salaries quoted 119,051 122,950 145,105
England median annual salary £50,000 £50,000 £50,000
10th Percentile £29,625 £28,250 £27,500
90th Percentile £82,500 £80,000 £77,500
UK median annual salary £50,000 £49,039 £47,500
% change year-on-year +1.96% +3.24% -

Exploratory Testing
Job Vacancy Trend in England

Job postings citing Exploratory Testing as a percentage of all IT jobs advertised in England.

Job vacancy trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Trend in England

This chart provides the 3-month moving average for salaries quoted in permanent IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England.

Salary trend for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Salary Histogram in England

The salary distribution of IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing in England over the 6 months to 18 July 2018.

Salary histogram for Exploratory Testing in England

Exploratory Testing
Job Locations in England

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median salaries quoted in IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing within the England region over the 6 months to 18 July 2018. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Permanent
IT Job Ads
Median Salary
Past 6 Months
Median Salary
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
London -16 151 £55,000 -4.35% 21
South East +44 118 £45,000 +38.46% 10
North of England +4 56 £45,000 +12.50% 10
Midlands -2 35 £50,000 +42.86% 9
North West +20 34 £42,500 +6.25% 7
East of England 0 34 £41,250 -25.00% 11
South West -27 28 £37,745 -5.64% 3
Yorkshire +3 22 £50,000 +17.65% 2
East Midlands +10 21 £50,000 +66.67% 3
West Midlands +7 14 £50,000 +25.00% 6
North East -15 3 £35,000 +3.70% 1
Exploratory Testing
UK

For the 6 months to 18 July 2018, IT jobs citing Exploratory Testing also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all permanent job ads across the England region with a requirement for Exploratory Testing.

1 368 (87.83%) Test Automation
2 363 (86.63%) Agile Software Development
3 234 (55.85%) Selenium
4 226 (53.94%) QA
5 164 (39.14%) BDD
6 161 (38.42%) C#
6 161 (38.42%) Scrum
7 155 (36.99%) SQL
8 144 (34.37%) JIRA
9 135 (32.22%) Software Testing
10 123 (29.36%) Java
11 117 (27.92%) Regression Testing
11 117 (27.92%) TDD
11 117 (27.92%) Continuous Integration
12 110 (26.25%) Cucumber
13 106 (25.30%) WebDriver
14 101 (24.11%) Finance
15 99 (23.63%) Performance Testing
16 97 (23.15%) Manual Testing
17 87 (20.76%) ISTQB
18 86 (20.53%) Acceptance Criteria
19 73 (17.42%) Confluence
20 72 (17.18%) JavaScript
21 69 (16.47%) Functional Testing
22 66 (15.75%) Git (software)
23 65 (15.51%) Problem-Solving
24 59 (14.08%) Test Strategy
25 57 (13.60%) User Stories
25 57 (13.60%) Kanban
26 56 (13.37%) SDLC

Exploratory Testing
Co-occurring IT Skills in England by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 73 (17.42%) Confluence
2 9 (2.15%) Tomcat
3 6 (1.43%) Elasticsearch
4 5 (1.19%) Blackberry Enterprise Server
5 4 (0.95%) BizTalk Server
6 2 (0.48%) Apache Pig
6 2 (0.48%) CMS
6 2 (0.48%) WordPress
7 1 (0.24%) Drupal
7 1 (0.24%) IIS
7 1 (0.24%) Jupyter
Applications
1 1 (0.24%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 3 (0.72%) Payment Gateway
Cloud Services
1 30 (7.16%) Amazon AWS
2 10 (2.39%) DigitalOcean
2 10 (2.39%) SaaS
3 9 (2.15%) GitHub
4 8 (1.91%) Microsoft Azure
5 7 (1.67%) Sauce Labs
6 6 (1.43%) Datadog
6 6 (1.43%) Logentries
7 3 (0.72%) BrowserStack
7 3 (0.72%) Cloud Computing
7 3 (0.72%) npm
8 2 (0.48%) BlazeMeter
8 2 (0.48%) Runscope
9 1 (0.24%) IaaS
9 1 (0.24%) PaaS
9 1 (0.24%) Serverless
Communications & Networking
1 5 (1.19%) 3G
1 5 (1.19%) 4G
1 5 (1.19%) GPRS
1 5 (1.19%) GSM
1 5 (1.19%) LTE
1 5 (1.19%) PSTN
1 5 (1.19%) SMS
2 2 (0.48%) HTTP
3 1 (0.24%) DAB
3 1 (0.24%) DHCP
3 1 (0.24%) DNS
3 1 (0.24%) HTTPS
3 1 (0.24%) SSH
3 1 (0.24%) SSL
3 1 (0.24%) TCP/IP
Database & Business Intelligence
1 21 (5.01%) SQL Server
2 10 (2.39%) PostgreSQL
3 7 (1.67%) Big Data
3 7 (1.67%) SQL Server Integration Services
4 6 (1.43%) Relational Database
5 5 (1.19%) Data Warehouse
6 2 (0.48%) Data Lake
6 2 (0.48%) Geospatial Data
6 2 (0.48%) Hadoop
7 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Data Warehouse
7 1 (0.24%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.24%) Cosmos DB
7 1 (0.24%) MySQL
7 1 (0.24%) NoSQL
7 1 (0.24%) Redis
Development Applications
1 234 (55.85%) Selenium
2 144 (34.37%) JIRA
3 110 (26.25%) Cucumber
4 106 (25.30%) WebDriver
5 66 (15.75%) Git (software)
6 54 (12.89%) Jenkins
7 49 (11.69%) SpecFlow
8 37 (8.83%) NUnit
9 35 (8.35%) Team Foundation Server
10 34 (8.11%) TeamCity
11 31 (7.40%) HP UFT
12 29 (6.92%) JUnit
13 25 (5.97%) JMeter
14 23 (5.49%) SoapUI
15 18 (4.30%) Gatling
15 18 (4.30%) Maven
16 14 (3.34%) Appium
16 14 (3.34%) FitNesse
17 13 (3.10%) TestRail
18 12 (2.86%) Visual Studio Team System
General
1 101 (24.11%) Finance
2 33 (7.88%) Retail
3 14 (3.34%) Telecoms
4 10 (2.39%) Back Office
5 8 (1.91%) Advertising
6 7 (1.67%) Polish Language
7 5 (1.19%) Games
8 4 (0.95%) Military
9 2 (0.48%) Automotive
9 2 (0.48%) Banking
10 1 (0.24%) Financial Institution
10 1 (0.24%) Law
10 1 (0.24%) Legal
10 1 (0.24%) Manufacturing
10 1 (0.24%) Marketing
10 1 (0.24%) Pharmaceutical
Job Titles
1 132 (31.50%) Test Engineer
2 110 (26.25%) Tester
3 102 (24.34%) Analyst
4 90 (21.48%) QA Engineer
5 74 (17.66%) Automation Tester
5 74 (17.66%) Test Analyst
6 60 (14.32%) Test Automation Engineer
7 48 (11.46%) QA Analyst
8 46 (10.98%) Senior Tester
9 43 (10.26%) Senior Automation Tester
10 41 (9.79%) QA Tester
11 40 (9.55%) Senior Analyst
12 35 (8.35%) QA Test Engineer
13 32 (7.64%) Developer
14 30 (7.16%) QA Automation Analyst
14 30 (7.16%) QA Automation Tester
15 29 (6.92%) Automation Test Analyst
15 29 (6.92%) Senior QA Engineer
15 29 (6.92%) Senior Test Engineer
16 27 (6.44%) Senior Test Analyst
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 49 (11.69%) Web Services
2 45 (10.74%) HTML
3 42 (10.02%) Gherkin
4 35 (8.35%) .NET
5 31 (7.40%) REST
6 30 (7.16%) CSS
7 26 (6.21%) SOAP
8 22 (5.25%) XML
9 15 (3.58%) jQuery
10 12 (2.86%) .NET Framework
11 10 (2.39%) RESTful
12 9 (2.15%) JSON
13 8 (1.91%) ASP.NET
13 8 (1.91%) ASP.NET MVC
13 8 (1.91%) WPF
14 7 (1.67%) Restlet
14 7 (1.67%) WSDL
14 7 (1.67%) XSD
15 6 (1.43%) AngularJS
15 6 (1.43%) Apache CXF
Miscellaneous
1 51 (12.17%) User Experience
2 47 (11.22%) Mobile App
3 45 (10.74%) Analytical Skills
4 28 (6.68%) Computer Science
5 27 (6.44%) Self-Motivation
6 11 (2.63%) Fintech
6 11 (2.63%) Greenfield Project
7 7 (1.67%) Linux Command Line
8 5 (1.19%) Algorithms
8 5 (1.19%) Blackberry
8 5 (1.19%) Enterprise Software
9 2 (0.48%) PMI
9 2 (0.48%) Public Cloud
9 2 (0.48%) Social Network
9 2 (0.48%) Tandem
10 1 (0.24%) Blog
10 1 (0.24%) Cloud Native
10 1 (0.24%) Online Gambling
10 1 (0.24%) Smart City
10 1 (0.24%) Wiki
Operating Systems
1 27 (6.44%) Windows
2 24 (5.73%) Linux
3 20 (4.77%) Android
3 20 (4.77%) Apple iOS
4 7 (1.67%) Nucleus RTOS
4 7 (1.67%) Windows Phone
5 4 (0.95%) Unix
6 2 (0.48%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
7 1 (0.24%) Mac OS X
Processes & Methodologies
1 368 (87.83%) Test Automation
2 363 (86.63%) Agile Software Development
3 164 (39.14%) BDD
4 161 (38.42%) Scrum
5 135 (32.22%) Software Testing
6 117 (27.92%) Continuous Integration
6 117 (27.92%) Regression Testing
6 117 (27.92%) TDD
7 99 (23.63%) Performance Testing
8 97 (23.15%) Manual Testing
9 86 (20.53%) Acceptance Criteria
10 69 (16.47%) Functional Testing
11 65 (15.51%) Problem-Solving
12 59 (14.08%) Test Strategy
13 57 (13.60%) Kanban
13 57 (13.60%) User Stories
14 56 (13.37%) SDLC
15 54 (12.89%) Continuous Improvement
15 54 (12.89%) Test Scripting
16 52 (12.41%) User Acceptance Testing
Programming Languages
1 161 (38.42%) C#
2 155 (36.99%) SQL
3 123 (29.36%) Java
4 72 (17.18%) JavaScript
5 35 (8.35%) Python
6 33 (7.88%) Ruby
7 25 (5.97%) C++
8 19 (4.53%) C
8 19 (4.53%) T-SQL
9 18 (4.30%) PHP
10 7 (1.67%) Apple Swift
11 5 (1.19%) Perl
11 5 (1.19%) Scala
12 4 (0.95%) Java 8
13 3 (0.72%) Go
13 3 (0.72%) Groovy
14 2 (0.48%) VB.NET
15 1 (0.24%) Kotlin
15 1 (0.24%) TypeScript
Qualifications
1 87 (20.76%) ISTQB
2 52 (12.41%) ISEB
3 51 (12.17%) Degree
4 24 (5.73%) Security Cleared
5 19 (4.53%) Computer Science Degree
6 18 (4.30%) ISTQB Foundation Certification
7 17 (4.06%) SC Cleared
8 4 (0.95%) Master's Degree
8 4 (0.95%) Numerate Degree
8 4 (0.95%) SANS
9 3 (0.72%) BPSS Clearance
9 3 (0.72%) DV Cleared
10 2 (0.48%) PMI Certification
11 1 (0.24%) AWS Certification
11 1 (0.24%) CEH
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 226 (53.94%) QA
2 4 (0.95%) WCAG
3 1 (0.24%) PMO
System Software
1 10 (2.39%) Docker
2 4 (0.95%) Hyper-V
2 4 (0.95%) VMware Infrastructure
3 1 (0.24%) Firmware
Systems Management
1 6 (1.43%) HP Quality Center
2 5 (1.19%) AirWatch
2 5 (1.19%) Business Desktop Deployment
3 4 (0.95%) Kibana
4 3 (0.72%) HP ALM
5 2 (0.48%) HP Fortify
6 1 (0.24%) Ansible
6 1 (0.24%) Opscode Chef
Vendors
1 39 (9.31%) Microsoft
2 38 (9.07%) HP
3 9 (2.15%) Apple
3 9 (2.15%) Atlassian
4 6 (1.43%) Cadence
4 6 (1.43%) Google
5 5 (1.19%) Capita
5 5 (1.19%) Micro Focus
5 5 (1.19%) MobileIron
6 4 (0.95%) New Relic
6 4 (0.95%) Salesforce.com
6 4 (0.95%) VMware
6 4 (0.95%) WorldPay
7 3 (0.72%) Talend
7 3 (0.72%) Telerik
8 2 (0.48%) Oracle
8 2 (0.48%) Red Hat
9 1 (0.24%) Adobe
9 1 (0.24%) IBM
9 1 (0.24%) Sitecore